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Reader Rating2 Votes9.7

Alright, I know it’s been a little less than a week after Captain America: Civil War was realized, but I had to be sure what I was seeing was what I was believing.

I might have a notion that I usually hate things . . . .which is pretty much true. But this. I did not hate. At all.

Let me preface by saying that going into this film I had not really known what to expect for a couple reasons. First and foremost, the amount of coverage this movie received in terms of trailers and such was too damn high in my opinion (insert meme here), or so I thought at first. Because up until I started to realize what I feel Marvel was doing, the amount of publicity this movie had had started to take its toll on me. I felt as if I became more and more disinterested as more and more clips, trailers and set photos kept coming out, only because I felt as if I was seeing the whole film before it even hit theaters.

And that’s when it hit me.

Marvel seemed to have done this on purpose. Their idea? Let’s release a lot of footage and yet even more plot points via interviews, quotes and the like, because if you are going to deduce that you’ve seen everything there is to see in this flick — and yet still have no idea what the actual movie is about — you are only going to want to see it more. . . . . well played, Marvel. It got me. I can wholeheartedly admit that what played before my eyes was not only fan service to the boy living inside me, but it was also an example of what really good film writing looks like.

Civil War is a mystery, action, tongue-in-cheek humor, political espionage film all rolled into one.

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It takes you more into the world of the Winter Solider and just exactly what it is he’s had to deal with in all his years of service to Hydra. We are also taken into the world of this now newly free operating force known as the “Avengers,” with Captain America leading the charge. Old faces greet us, and a feeling of familiarity washes over us as we see just how tight-knit this group has gotten.

Civil War is not only well casted and written, but for a brief moment, you might forget what’s actually going on because of the look of the film. Every fight sequence, destruction pan, and tense moment draws you into this world more and more. For me, it brings a world of complexity not seen much in our modern day super hero flicks.

Captain America: Civil War takes focus on some heavy issues, be they as complex as diplomacy in countries not operated by our own *COUGHamericaCOUGH*, or on what the cost of protection is, if it means sacrifice.

I had the pleasure of seeing this film (one of four times I watched it) with my mother, and I feel she summed it up pretty well, so I will leave you with her words of wisdom.

This film was about redefining what a hero is and what sacrifices will be made on your behalf, along with personal ones you make up and have to deal with yourself. Even though it might mean that you test friendships to the end. . . .